This discussion on the importance of your gut health is brought to you by SmartyPants; all opinion are my own. #YourKidHasGuts
There are several I’m sure about when it comes to my health. The first is that I feel my best when my vitamin levels are in the “normal” range. I’ve been severely deficient in B12 and D many times in my life and those are the times when I’ve felt the worst. Taking supplements, both over-the-counter and prescription, have gotten my blood levels back to normal. It’s these experiences that have convinced me that what I put into my body has a tremendous impact on my well-being.
Once I discovered this secret to feeling good, I started looking at other ways to improve my health and probiotics piqued my interest. But little did I know at the time, that I was on to something. It turns out that according to a study by Clinical Nutrition, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients were shown in a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to benefit from probiotics. It’s thought that MS sufferers have gut bacteria that’s different from those without the disease.
Why do I mention this? Because I have MS and like discovering that Vitamin D and B12 optimal levels made me feel better, which later studies proved to be correct, I was certain the times that I did take probiotics I had fewer stomach and bowel issues.
But MS isn’t the only disease that benefits from the use of probiotics. People with inflammatory bowel disease and similar difficulties may as well. There are also benefits to people without symptoms who want to keep their gut bacteria healthy to prevent illness.
Finding the Right Probiotic
The problem with probiotics is choosing the right one. I’ve tried many that I didn’t like the taste of or they had to be refrigerated. I figured there had to be a better option. NotN only did I want to make sure I was choosing an effective probiotic; I’m also a vegetarian, and it’s important to me that all ingredients in my supplements be vegetarian-friendly. So I spent hours online doing research on reliable sites (hospitals, universities, etc.) until I thought I’d found the perfect probiotic/prebiotic. I read many consumer reviews before purchasing that said it smelled terrible, but I went ahead ordered it figuring I could hold my nose long enough to get the capsules down.
I was wrong. The smell of vomit emanated from the bottle before I even cracked the safety seal. And believe me when I say it’s terribly cumbersome to open a bottle and hold your nose at the same time. I made the mistake of putting the capsule into the palm of my hand. That 10-seconds it spent there left a stink that required scrubbing with soap and water to oust.
I managed to take the probiotics for about three days and then they got pushed to the back of the cupboard. I simply can’t make myself take them anymore; they’re just that disgusting. So here I was, back to recognizing I needed to take a probiotic, but after trying several, I was nowhere near finding one I could take daily.
SmartyPants Gummy Probiotics for Kids & ADULTS!
Thankfully, the people at SmartyPants have developed a gummy probiotic! SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete is an easy-to-take probiotic and prebiotic supplement. What’s important to me is that they taste great and they have a 99% survivability in your stomach acid. One thing I learned in all of those hours of research is that many probiotics and prebiotics die before they get to your belly. Having them survive is key!
Natural microencapsulation ensures that 99% of our probiotics reach all the way to your large intestine alive, where they can flourish, multiply, and help you and your kids thrive. We specifically chose to include Bacillus subtilis DE111® and Bacillus coagulansIS2 because they are two of the most researched strains available. – SmartyPants
I also learned that it’s important to have a probiotic/prebiotic that has billions of colony forming units (CFU) – yes, that’s sounds gross, but you need these good bacteria to divide and grow colonies.
What’s In SmartyPants Probiotic Complete
PROBIOTIC • PREBIOTIC • IMMUNITY*
- Each SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete serving delivers 7 billion CFUs per 2 gummies, contains probiotic strains DE111® and IS2*, has a proven 99% survivability in stomach acid, promotes good gut bacteria and digestive health*, and contains clinically-proven Wellmune® prebiotic immune support*
- No refrigeration necessary! These multi-strain probiotics are in spore form, so they’re not affected by changing temperature.
- Great tasting blueberry or lemon creme flavor
- Organic and Fair Trade sweeteners and premium ingredients.
- Third party lab testing for every batch assures purity and potency.
What You WON’T Find in SmartyPants Probiotic Complete
There’s No Junk in These Gummies! No Synthetic Colors, Artificial Sweeteners, Artificial Flavors, Artificial Preservatives, High Fructose Corn Syrup, GMOs, Gluten, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Dairy, and no Animal Products!
SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Formulas
Each serving of SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete delivers 7x more CFUs than leading gummy probiotics, while each serving of SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Complete delivers 4X more. – SmartyPants
Got Kids? There are two flavor varieties for them – SmartyPants Kids Probiotic Complete in Grape or Strawberry Creme. I received the children’s grape flavor to try and trust me when I say these taste as good as candy. There’s nothing medicinal tasting to these whatsoever, and they’re plenty sweet and grape tasting. However, like any medicine/supplement, they need to be kept out of the reach of children.
Helping Children in Need
Through Vitamin Angels, SmartyPants donates life changing vitamins to children. They’ve already helped over 2 million kids, and you can help them reach 10 million in grants by 2018 by purchasing SmartyPants Gummy Vitamins, Supplements, and Probiotics.
My SmartyPants Commitment to My Gut
I’ve added the SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete to my Amazon Auto-delivery order, so I’ll never run out. While I loved the taste of the kids’ grape flavor and I’m a child at heart, I have the body of an adult, so I need the extra probiotics the adult formula packs. But, for fun, I’m alternating the flavors (blueberry and lemon creme), and now they arrive along with my laundry soap and toilet paper at the beginning of every month. This month was lemon creme, and it’s as tasty as a lemon creme filled cookie. I’m a gummy vitamin expert taster, I’ve tried nearly every vegetarian version out there, so you can trust me on this one!
I even take them on trips so as not to disturb my system. So many times when I travel, I don’t have any control over when or what I eat, and it’s caused nausea and worse. Keeping my system at peak performance means I feel great no matter how many weird dishes they throw my way.
These SmartyPants Adult Probiotic Complete Gummies join the other gummy vitamins and supplements I take. Are gummies more expensive than capsules? Probably, but I never once considered that because I’d rather pay for vitamins and supplements I actually look forward to taking instead of ones I dread.
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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Kouchaki E et al. Clinical and metabolic response to probiotic supplementation in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Clinical Nutrition 2016 online
Please talk with your doctor before starting any supplements if you have any medical concerns. This is my experience with supplements and probiotics; yours may differ.